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FDA APPROVES QUTENZA(TM), FIRST AND ONLY PRESCRIPTION STRENGTH CAPSAICIN PRODUCT FOR PAIN REDUCTION

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 General News J E 4
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Qutenza, a newprescription patch applied to the skin for one hour for reduction ofpost-shingles nerve pain. Qutenza is the first and only prescription strengthcapsaicin product. Qutenza contains a manmade form of capsaicin, thesubstance in chili peppers that gives them their heat sensation.

After a single one-hour application, directly to the site of pain,Qutenza may reduce post shingles nerve pain for up to 12 weeks. Qutenza isapplied by a doctor or healthcare professional. Qutenza can be used alone orwith other pain medications and is unlikely to cause drug-drug interactions.

* Each year, about a million Americans develop shingles, a painful virusinfection related to chicken pox.

* Up to one in five people with shingles will experience prolonged paindue to a complication called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).

o PHN is a chronic condition that is the result of nerve damage caused bythe shingles virus.

o The pain can persist long after the characteristic rash clears up andcan disrupt sleep, mood, work and activities of daily living.

o The risk of developing PHN increases with age, especially in peopleover 50, and for patients who experienced severe pain or severe rash duringthe acute shingles episode.

NEWS: FDA Approves Qutenza, the first and only prescription strengthtreatment with capsaicin, the "hot ingredient in chili peppers. Qutenza canprovide 12 Weeks of pain reduction from a single one hour treatment forpost-shingles pain

FORMAT: B-roll and Soundbites

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Video, contact information and more available at:http://multivu.prnewswire.com/broadcast/40932/press.html

VIDEO PROVIDED BY: NeurogesX

Contact: FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: MultiVu Media Relations,1-800-653-5313 EXT. 3Please see full prescribing information at www.qutenza.com. SATELLITE FEEDS: Monday, November 16th, 2009 Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 7:30 PM - 7:45 PM ET 3:00 AM - 3:15 AM ET Galaxy 19 Galaxy 19 C-Band C-Band Transponder 20 Transponder 20 Downlink Freq. 4100 Horizontal Downlink Freq. 4100 Horizontal Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET AMC 3 C-Band Transponder 3 Downlink Freq. 3760 Horizontal

SOURCE NeurogesX
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